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Friday, May 7, 2010

Homophobs Are Really Just Homos Denying Their Sexuality

A new article by Michelle Goldberg discusses a theory that I have long espoused - that those most hostile to gay people are often driven by terror and shame about their own desires.

In the article at The Daily Beast, Ms. Goldberg writes:

In 1996, three researchers from the University of Georgia published a study in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology about the links between homophobia and homosexual arousal. The authors, Henry E. Adams, Lester W. Wright, Jr., and Bethany A. Lohr, started with 35 straight men identified as homophobic and 29 straight men that were not. Both groups were shown heterosexual, lesbian and gay male porn while their erectile responses were measured. “Only the homophobic men showed an increase in penile erection to male homosexual stimuli,” reported the researchers.
With respect to Dr. George Rekers, a Christian anti-gay leader, who was caught with a hooker from—the latest example of hypocrisy on the religious right she writes:

Satisfying as it is to see such a man unmasked, Rekers deserves a measure of pity as well as scorn. If he portrayed homosexuality as a life-destroying temptation that only the strictest of measures could contain, that’s because, for him, it was. He seems like he’s devoted his life to a hysterical battle to preserve his own threatened sense of masculinity, and now he stands defeated and exposed.
This hate and self-loathing runs deep.  Ted Haggard and Larry Craig - two other "straight men" involved in gay sex scandels- are still married.

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